My friend Jack retired from Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD after 40 years of teaching. (40!) He still joins our little "breakfast club" every Friday morning and comes to every school board meeting. He recently gave me this plant, and says it reminded him of me. He says I get "stuck" and "poked" and "needled" as president of YCEA. I've never seen a plant like this. It's botanical name is Nertera granadensis. The little "pins" are berries. I have a "black thumb," so DH has taken over its care and feeding, and so far it seems to be doing quite well.